Assessing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Thailand: Implementation Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development Planning

Working Paper

This report presents the existing EIA systems and implementation practices in Thailand as of December 2014 and their challenges and recommendations. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the systems of assessment (EIA and environmental and health impact assessment or EHIA) and their procedures; Chapter 2 identifies major challenges and opportunities for EIA/EHIA implementation based on the existing documents and interviews with the officials in charge of EIA implementation in Thailand; Chapter 3 presents illustrative examples of how EIA/EHIA functioned and Thai authorities and communities acted in practice; and lastly Chapter 4 summarizes key recommendations for the improvement of EIA systems and their implementation.